When President Obama visits Israel next week, Gavriel Yaakov wants him to jump-start the peace process.
Dennis Ross emphatically denied any indication that he no longer supported President Obama.
Appearing considerably greyer than when he began negotiating the Oslo peace process for the Clinton Administration 18 years ago, former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross addressed Harvard University’s first Israel Conference April 20 on the topic of “Innovating the Peace Process.”
Dennis Ross, the former top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is rejoining the Jewish People Policy Institute as its co-chairman.
Dennis Ross, President Obama's former top Iran adviser, said the president would strike Iran to keep the Islamic Republic from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The greatest danger posed by a nuclear Iran would be the increased likelihood of a Middle East nuclear war, Dennis Ross said.
Dennis Ross, the top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is leaving the White House.
United States President Barack Obama's special assistant, Dennis Ross said Wednesday that bold steps need to be taken to make sure that Israel remains a Jewish Democratic state, but emphasized that no one can force an agreement on Israel and the Palestinians.
The recent Middle East turmoil has sharpened Israeli needs for tangible security guarantees in exchange for concessions to the Palestinians, Dennis Ross said. Ross, President Obama’s top Middle East adviser, told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference in Washington on Monday that security guarantees sought by Israel toward a peace deal with the Palestinians were critical, “particularly during a time of change.”
More time is needed to bridge gaps between Israelis and Palestinians before direct peace talks can resume, Dennis Ross said. In a speech Monday to the J Street conference in Washington, the senior White House adviser on Middle East peace issues said the current process of the United States working with both sides on bridging proposals needs more time.
Dennis Ross, the senior adviser to President Obama on Middle East issues, is addressing this year's J Street conference, the group said. Ross, seen as an administration hard-liner on Iran and as arguing for greater consideration of Israel's needs in peace negotiations, would be a coup for the group, which has consistently come under fire from the right and from some Democrats for not being sufficiently pro-Israel.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington meeting top administration officials and Congress members. Barak is meeting Wednesday with Dennis Ross, the top Iran policy official in the White House; Tom Donilon, the national security adviser; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee and other Congress members.
Senior White House adviser Dennis Ross arrived in Israel to discuss security arrangements under a possible peace deal with the Palestinians. Ross and David Hale, deputy to Middle East envoy George Mitchell, arrived in Israel Thursday. They will meet with Israeli officials to discuss maintaining the country's qualitative military edge in the region under any proposed peace deal, according to a statement issued by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office.
It's easy to read too much into whom a candidate chooses to advise him before an election, but it is risky to avoid the tea leaves
I was with Obama in Israel and in Europe, and I saw how he focused on the urgency of the Iranian threat. I saw how he used his discussions in Israel to remind the European leaders that Israelis are justified in seeing Iran with nuclear weapons as an existential threat -- and that for Israel's sake and our own we must put far more pressure on Iran if we are to stop it from going nuclear.
In his featured speech to the crowd assembled for the Yom HaShoah program at Sinai Temple, Ambassador Dennis Ross, the diplomatic point man for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during previous administrations of George Bush and Bill Clinton, acknowledged his disappointment in the current violence and outlined what he views as the likely possibilities for the conflict.
In the long view -- and who could have a longer view than the man who, until recently, was the U.S. State Department's Middle East negotiator for the past 12 years? -- Dennis Ross believes that diplomacy in the Middle East boils down to psychology. "The idea of taking politics out of foreign policy," Ross said, "is as illusory as taking psychology out of human behavior, and what is foreign policy after all, but a collection of human behaviors."
It was a moment that almost perfectly defined thisweek's United Jewish Appeal young leadership conference inWashington. In one section of the vast Washington Hilton ballroom,hundreds of young Jews were intently listening as special U.S. peaceenvoy Dennis Ross and Israeli Ambassador Eliahu Ben-Elissar gavesharply differing views of the current Israeli-Palestinianstalemate.